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Ethnic Minority Park

This “Village” has been cast in the mould of a big theme park and showcases the customs of different ethnic minorities, who reside in Yunnan Province. If you cannot squeeze time out to explore various parts of Yunnan and appreciate the cultures of diverse ethnic groups, then, brace yourself for an unforgettable encounter with the astonishingly diverse populace of the province in this “Village”.
Yunnan is particularly famous for its ethnic groups with their rich histories, fascinating legends, colorful customs, and unique residential architectures. There are 56 ethnic groups around China, according to the Chinese government's official statistics. In Yunnan province, you can find most of them, 52 out 56. Among them are 25 groups that are most distinctive and are scattered over the whole province. The preponderance of unique ethnic groups is what makes Yunnan a rewarding destination.

Just 8 KM (5 miles) from downtown Kunming, the Yunnan Ethnic Village smugly sits on the southwest bank of the beautiful Dianchi Lake, sprawling across an area of 133.3 hectares. As one of the featured parts of Kunming Dianchi National Tourist Resort Region, it is classified as China's AAAA tourist spot. Buildings that lend these villages a character of their own have been replicated and preserved in this “Village”, so that visitors can get a fleeting glimpse of the houses these minorities reside in. Dummy villages modelled after those of the 25 minority groups, including the Naxi, Dai, Yi and Hani are housed by this museum. To demonstrate their cultures and traditions, young men and women from different ethnic groups, donning dresses and costumes, give visitors a tour of the entire place, providing them with the first-hand understanding of their ways of living, social customs and religious beliefs.

Through dramatization and dance performances, these groups give visitors an insight into a multitude of traditional festivals that mark their calendars. Among these demonstrations,  the Torch Festivals of Bai and Yi people, the Water Splashing Festival of Dai people, the Knife-ladders Climbing Festival of Lisu people, the Munao Zongge of Jingpo people and the Sanduo Festival of Naxi people are significant ones, as they vividly represent how these festivals are actually observed in their own communities.



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